The Role of Trade Associations

19 August 2014

The business environment we all operate in is fast moving, and no matter what sector you find yourself within, it is crucial to seek assistance from the trade associations that support your sector. When working in logistics [especially the highly regulated world of Hazardous transport and warehousing] it is essential to keep up to date with legislation as well as knowing where to look and who to call when you need help.

In the transportation of hazardous goods, the following trade associations [and institutes] are very helpful, though this is not an exclusive list.

If you click on the links, you’ll be directed to their web presence

The Chemical Business Association [CBA]

The Association of Pallet Networks [APN]

The Freight Transport Association [FTA]

The Road Haulage Association [RHA]

The Royal Society of Chemistry [RSC]

The Chemical Industries Association [CIA]

The British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals [BADGP]

The British Compressed Gas Association [BCGA]

The Energy Institute [EI incorporates the Institute of Petroleum]

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport [CILT]

There are many, many others that are even more specialised in terms of sector fragmentation such as Aerosols, Paints and Adhesives, Polymers, Batteries, Nano-Tech et. al.

A great deal of work happens via these trade associations and institutions including codes of practice, training sessions, consultations - often sharing safety information and advice in a non-partisan manner.

Hazchem Network are active associate members of The Chemical Business Association and The Association of Pallet Networks [involved in writing codes of practice, assisting our colleagues and the wider market]. Pallet Networks are now an established and crucial part of the UK Logistics sector with APN members moving ~ 16 Million Pallets in 2013.

Hazchem Network are especially active in our defined sector ‘The Pallet Network’ supporting our colleagues within the APN infrastructure [from Palletways, Palletline, Pallex, TPN, Fortec, PalletForce, Pallet-Track, and UPN]. As the Hazchem Network are the specialist for Hazardous Goods under ADR for Road Transportation and IMO/IMDG for sea journeys, we often assist our colleagues when confronted with technical problems especially when it comes to safety and undeclared ADR.


APN has published a series of codes of practise for those working in our sector, though these are useful for logistics operators and are available as free downloads from the APN website here [‘right click’ mouse over link and ‘save as’ to your hard drive]


Double Deck Loading

Freight Presentation

FLT Driver Standards

Visiting Driver Standards

Manual Handling

Best Practice FLT Operation 

Currently the APN safety committee is working hard on key areas of –

Avoiding FLT Collisions

Load Security / Restraint

Tail-lift Deployment on Radial [C & D] Vehicles

The APN safety committee also consult regulators such as The Health and Safety Executive [HSE], The Health and Safety Laboratory [HSL], as well as other trade associations such as The Road Haulage Association amongst others. The APN approach is not purely a desktop series of meetings, but all members of the safety committee are ‘hands-on’ with much experience to share for promoting best practise to all Pallet Network Hubs and their Member Depots.

These short videos illustrate some of the investigations that the APN Safety Committee carried out at our last meeting, hosted by DEKER Trailers of Lichfield –

Double Deck Load Restraint Mechanism [1]


Double Deck Load Restraint Mechanism [2]


Unloading using Tail-lift [1]


Unloading using Tail-lift [2]


In today’s fast moving world of Chemical Logistics, you need to ensure you work with the professionals.

Contact our Sales Director Nada Marinovic if you require assistance or advice in managing your logistics requirements – as we’re here to help

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